Please follow the tips and suggestions below to assist you in nominating worthy employees for the TEAM PUSD Recognition Program.
- “During Memorial Day weekend, sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, our school was vandalized in a truly malicious manner. Sure, there were some lunch tables standing on end in the middle of the field, some trash cans thrown on the tops of our tetherball poles, and some PVC piping that were smashed on our blacktop… just a couple of pranks, right? But it was the hateful slurs toward most ethnic groups, and the repulsive words aimed at those who are different in some way that were written throughout our lunch area, recorded on our giant College banner that had been torn down, and scribbled across several student-generated posters that filled our Quad that put this team into action.
This group of staff members, certificated and classified – Lynne, Jane, Jean, Collette, George, and Jerry - was very worried about our kids seeing this display of outright hate on our campus on Tuesday morning. So, at 6:30pm on Monday night they decided to get together to “erase” as many of the hateful slurs as they could, and covered the rest with bulletin board paper to ensure no little eyes would witness such malice. They also carried the heavy lunch tables back to the lunch area, swept up at least 1,000 sharp pieces of broken PVC piping from the blacktop, removed the trash cans from the tetherball poles, and untangled the swings for the kids to use the following morning. These unsung heroes did not do this for any reason but to protect our kids… and they are more than deserving to receive the TEAM PUSD award!”
- For their commitment to the safety of the students and staff of our school, I nominate the following persons for a TEAM PUSD Award:
George Wall, Director
Romero Cruz, Electrician
Eva Lawton, Painter
Clarence Berman, Maintenance Worker
Michael Jester, Plumber
Hugh Williams, Lead Custodian
Karl Rivera, Custodian
Alan Frankine, Custodian
Miriam Danger, Custodian
The time and dedication these employees spent addressing the mold issue at our school is extremely commendable. They understood the importance of a timely and efficient response to this need since students and staff could not inhabit the classroom. Professionally, ethically and systematically, they addressed this serious concern. And it was all accomplished with such a positive demeanor! Many times it is difficult for the employees in areas such as Maintenance to see a clear connection between their work and student learning. By setting aside other work to address the priority of this situation in a timely manner that nexus was clearly demonstrated. It represents the commitment of these individuals to put the students of the district and their safety first. On behalf of the students, staff, and our school community, I thank them for their support. Our school is a better place as a result of their contributions.
- Groundskeepers Mike Eastman and Fred Waterman work as a team in all they do to make our campus beautiful. They are masters at doing more with less showing commitment and pride in all they do. Together they take the initiative to meet with the athletic staff before sport seasons to identify additional work that may need to be done to prepare grounds for the sport they ensure that our athletes have the best maintained facilities and our coaches only need to worry about coaching and not about the quality of the playing fields. Not only are they committed to their jobs, but they are committed to youth in the community. They assist Boy Scouts with Eagle Scout projects and campus beautification projects and, on their own time, they go to school sites and playing field throughout the county to renovate playing fields. You can also count on them to be at athletic events in the evenings and on weekends to cheer on the students of our school. They are outstanding, positive examples of our Classified Employees commitment to providing a positive educational environment.